Homily for the Nativity of the Lord - Day Mass - Jn. 1:1-5,9-14


by

Father Daniel Meynen
 
 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.


"All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.


"The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.


"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father."





Homily:


"In the beginning was the Word..."


In the beginning was the Word... In the beginning of our History, in the beginning of the History of all Creation, of the Angels, of Men, of the animals, all that then existed was the Word: the Word of God. God spoke a word: "I am." (Ex. 3:14) This Word was, this Word is eternal. Suddenly, when time begins, this Word begins in time. Through this Word begins all that exists in time: "God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light." (Gen. 1:3)


"...and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God."


The Word was God, the Word is God, and yet he was with God. For the Word comes from God: it is God who speaks the Word, it is the Father who begets his Son, who is God. In the beginning, the Word of God was with the Father, he loves the Father and lives with him and for him... In the beginning, the Word was not yet with the Creation: he was only with the Father...


"All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."


All things, no matter what, were made through him, the Word, the Word of God. All that is created, all living beings, angels, men and animals, act through Him, the Word, through whom all was created. All that is good is done through Him and in Him, the Word. All that is good is destined for Life. "In him was life."


Even those who do evil act through Him, the Word, for, even though they do evil, they cannot do evil without also doing good: they do evil and good. Unfortunately, they do not live in Him, the Word, for they do both evil and good, but not good without evil... "The light shines in the darkness..."


There is always truth in what is false: falsehood always contains some truth. For, if it were not so, falsehood would be nothing. Even though the Word of God is the one and only Truth, there is truth everywhere: these are the "seeds of the Word" (Vatican II Council, Decree "Ad Gentes", no. 11).


"The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God."


"He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God." He through whom all of creation exists came to his own home, here, among us. He is here, he sustains our existence, he keeps us alive. "In him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28)


But now that the fullness of time has come (cf. Gal. 4:4), now that time is no longer at its beginning, but rather is at its end, or at least at the beginning of its end, the Word of the Father invites us, not only to exist through him, but also, above all, to live through him, with him, and in him. "... to all who received him, he gave power to become children of God."


"...all who believed in his name were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God."


Who are those who believe in him, in the Word, the Word of the Father? To whom was this Word ever addressed, if not to Mary, the Virgin of Nazareth? It is she, and she alone, who believed in him, the Word of God: Mary believed, not only for her own sake, but also, first, for us! She alone, through the fullness of grace she had received from very God, is born of God, free of any sin: Mary, who was conceived without sin, is born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God!


"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father."


And the Word became flesh. The Word who was with God the Father is also, forever, with all of Creation! Man, woman, every human being, in whom is the summary of all creation, can be and live with God in Christ, with Him, and through Him! By believing in the Son of God and the Word of the Father, we can, like Mary, and with Her, contemplate the Glory of the only-begotten Son, eternally begotten by the Father in the Holy Spirit!


May today's communion bring us this happiness and joy!




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